03 October 2020
3d 19h 3m
Home-Start Royston, Buntingford & South Cambridgeshire (Home-Start) provides a much loved and valued service for the local community.
As a family support charity, Home-Start work with families in Buntingford and the surrounding villages by providing 2 – 3 hours a week of home visiting support. Our carefully trained parent volunteers help families who might be struggling with some of the challenges anyone can experience in life, including poor mental or physical health, isolation, difficulties in managing their children’s behaviour or being involved with their children’s early learning, development and socialisation. By visiting them in their own homes on a regular basis, volunteers build trusted relationships with the parents and children that they are supporting. This often leads to powerful changes within the family, helping parents to identify the changes they want to make, realise the strengths they already have and how they can build on them.
We also run a family support group once a week in Buntingford where parents and children can come together, extend peer support networks, access other information and services and participate in activities that reflect the Early Years Foundation Stages of Learning. Volunteers are there to support parents to re-engage with their children as well as develop improved self-esteem and confidence.
In 2019/20 we we saw a 44% increase in the number of families that we worked with. And yet, Since 2015 Home-Start have been totally self-funding, relying on fundraising events, grants and the support of our local community to enable us to continue delivering our valuable services. We need your help to ensure that we can continue delivering services and meet the demand we envisage seeing, as we continue to move through these unprecedented times.
Thank you for your support and good luck!
(Home-Start Scheme Manager)
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